The Central Crossing High School girls basketball team proved the best among the South-Western City Schools teams in head-to-head competition, as it defeated host Grove City 50-33 last Saturday.

The Central Crossing High School girls basketball team proved the best among the South-Western City Schools teams in head-to-head competition, as it defeated host Grove City 50-33 last Saturday.

In a full day of basketball that featured both boys and girls games at Grove City, the Central Crossing girls team gave its school some bragging rights before the Grove City boys team won back a share of respect with a win over Central Crossing 92-52.

The Central Crossing girls team defeated Franklin Heights 71-29 on Dec. 1 and Westland 59-30 on Dec. 4. It holds the distinction of having wins against each of the high schools in the SWCS district this season, a fact not lost on Comets guard Ganea Pleasant, who led Central Crossing with 20 points last Saturday.

"Just with the competition with the four schools, it feels good when you're the best out here," Pleasant said. "All that means is that we worked harder, because we all had a limited amount of time. It's a pride match."

The Comets returned more experience than Grove City, which saw nearly its entire roster move to other districts. Despite that fact, the Greyhounds, who entered the game 1-5, led 16-15 at halftime.

In the third quarter, Pleasant helped spark an 11-0 run that broke open a game that was tied at 20.

The Greyhounds struggled from the field in the second half, but the halftime lead was evidence of improvement.

"We've got to do baby steps," Grove City coach Dale Corbett said. "When we started out here, it was tough to even get a shot off, and we've kind of elevated that to where we're worried about making shots. We've got our shots off now. There's no doubt in my mind we're a whole lot better than we were a month ago."

Second-year starter Olivia Davis continued to be a solid scoring option for the Comets last Saturday. She scored 10 points against Grove City, the school her brother graduated from in 2002.

Davis appreciated the chance to play Grove City given that it looked like it wasn't going to happen after the levy failure on Aug. 4 canceled all extra-curricular activities. It wasn't until the issue was put before voters again on Nov. 3 that it passed and the winter sports were allowed to commence.

"I was real sad when the levy failed, and now I'm more excited that I get to play with Ganea and (Rachel Dorsey) again," Davis said. "(The win over Grove City) means a lot. Everyone thinks that Grove City is the school. They were in the same boat as us, and beating them is showing that we're just as good as them."

The Comets' win evens the all-time series with Grove City at four games apiece.

During the holiday break, the Comets have a non-league game against Olentangy Liberty on Wednesday. Coach Neil Hohman said they likely will spend most of that time working on the offense, which struggled in the first half against Grove City and was held in check in a 38-26 loss to Hilliard Davidson last Friday.

"For us, basically it's just improving fundamentally and reading the defenses the right way and getting the ball where we want to," Hohman said. "It's reversing (the ball), especially against a zone defense."

Grove City is spending the break trying to defend its title in the Teays Valley Tournament. The Greyhounds play Jonathan Alder on Monday and either Teays Valley or Ready on Tuesday in the championship or consolation game.

Last season, the Greyhounds defeated Jonathan Alder 52-35 in the first round of the Teays Valley Tournament and defeated Ready 65-50 in the second game to win the tournament championship.